Sun, Oct 20, 2013

Edith Lank | October 20, 2013

Sat, Oct 19, 2013

John Ransom | October 19, 2013

In many senses the government, the politicians, the media, our newspapers, our radio stations, our chambers of commerce, our professional sports leagues, our schools, our universities, our court system, Democrats and Republicans alike, defaulted a long time ago.

Larry Kudlow | October 19, 2013

Judging from the speech Obama gave following the deal to end the government shutdown, Republicans better get wise to the president’s next fiscal gambit when the three-month stop-gap budget and debt measures come due.

Mike Shedlock | October 19, 2013

Illinois "Progressives" (a single word to describe "economically illiterate public union sympathizers") want to pick your pocket once again. The Progressives want to hike the Illinois 2015 top tax rate from 3.75% to a whopping 9%.

Night Watch | October 19, 2013

Attacks against Shiites have been reported every day of the Eid al Adha celebration. They were low on the first two days of the Muslim celebration. Today's casualty toll is twice the two-week norm.

Charles Payne | October 19, 2013

I'm so sick of all the experts feeding the notion the battle in Washington dramatically slowed the economy. The fact is this economy was limping along and there should be no discernible impact - even on a short term basis.

Ann-Marie Murrell | October 19, 2013

This makes me especially sad because, from the beginning of my writing career, I have been very open about the fact that I was once a Democrat.

Bill Tatro | October 19, 2013

We’ve learned from our so-called political leaders that between now and February of next year, they will sit down in a “bicameral moment” and resolve all their differences. . .

Jeff Crouere | October 19, 2013

The politically correct forces of liberalism have found a new target, the Washington Redskins. Never mind that the team nickname has an 80 year history, all knowing white liberals believe that the term Redskins is somehow offensive to Native Americans.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 19, 2013

Obamacare was put together by people who don’t understand economics. This is probably the understatement of the year since I could be referring to many features of the bad law.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 19, 2013

It’ no longer “politics” in DC. . . Increasingly, it is a game of deception, inside trading, and rigging the system. Jay Richards, author of “Infiltrated”, joined the program to discuss the inside game between DC and Wall Street.

Fri, Oct 18, 2013

John Ransom | October 18, 2013

300 years of history in North America tells us how we climb out of recessions. For some unaccountable reason, however, Obama and the Democrats decided that during this recession they would consult European history instead. Why are we surprised that they got European results too?

Mike Shedlock | October 18, 2013

The system is currently running a deficit. Trends say that deficit is going to worsen with each passing year unless benefits are cut and/or taxes are hiked.

Night Watch | October 18, 2013

The talks and the chemical weapons investigations offer an "exit ramp" for Western nations who are overextended politically in Syria.

Charles Payne | October 18, 2013

Corporate America is sitting on a mound of cash, but that's not their goal. Inherently, they are looking for the backdrop that allows them to grow their business without retribution.

Jerry Bowyer | October 18, 2013

Let’s get past the idea that this is a disagreement between two coequal branches of government. The legislative branch that has the power -- particularly the house -- when it comes to spending. So, if the legislative branch disagrees with the executive branch about a matter of spending that’s not a, “Hey, let’s split the difference.”

Bob Beauprez | October 18, 2013

Just in case you were not already sufficiently outraged by the intransigence of the President and Democrats to restrain federal spending however modestly, here are three more things to elevate your blood pressure.

Peter Schiff | October 18, 2013

In their assessments of Ms. Yellen's long career, Congressman, editors, and academics have underscored how her prescience and caution distinguish her from the reckless overconfidence that have plagued her male colleagues at the Federal Reserve.

Michael Boldin | October 18, 2013

Jesse might be a professional polarizer, but he’s an amateur historian, at best. That’s really an understatement. Seriously, the guy’s a joke when it comes to facts.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 18, 2013

The wailing and hysteria in Washington is over. The politicians now have the authority to borrow more money and the bureaucrats are all back at work (rested and refreshed after their paid vacation, so they’ll probably tax, spend, and regulate with extra fervor).

Ransom Notes Radio | October 18, 2013

On the one hand, the US left has something right: The Shutdown was unnecessary. But, let’s face it, most of them have no interest in doing what it would take to avoid another crises (like producing a budget). Charles Payne, Fox News business analyst, also joined the program to discuss the market in depth.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013

John Ransom | October 17, 2013

Who needs a one-year delay in the individual mandate when you have the Obamacare web design team on your side? Imagine a computer generated hour glass filling and emptying for 50 years.

Mike Shedlock | October 17, 2013

Even though Republicans hold a majority in the House, Speaker John Boehner failed to muster enough votes for two proposals he floated. Is that a sign of ineptitude, weakness, or that the House was hijacked by no-compromise Tea-partiers in a complete fool's mission?

Night Watch | October 17, 2013

The US press reported for a second time this month that the United States is considering allowing Iran to continue uranium enrichment, despite objections from U.S. allies in the region.

Charles Payne | October 17, 2013

Getting off the sidelines and into the game means understanding the game because the grass from which one protests is different than that of the playing field.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 17, 2013

If there was a special award for chutzpah, the easy winner would be the bureaucrats at the International Monetary Fund. These pampered bureaucrats get lavishly compensated and don’t have to pay tax on their bloated salaries.

Bob Goldman | October 17, 2013

I am getting tired of having colleagues getting out the paddles and trying to start my heart simply because I've been slumped over my keyboard for a couple of hours.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 17, 2013

A deal on raising the nation’s borrowing limit will yield predictable results: Nothing will change between now and next year. . . But at least some DC insiders will feel productive.

Bill Tatro | October 17, 2013

I write this column with a heavy heart as once again our so-called American political leaders have abandoned their principles and responsibilities in favor of their own personal gain.

Bill Gunderson | October 17, 2013

Value investors do it buying stocks they think have a greater intrinsic value than what they are trading at today.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

John Ransom | October 16, 2013

Outsized rewards are made possible by the friendly folks of the Federal Reserve Bank. More money supply means higher price earnings ratios for stocks.

Michael Schaus | October 16, 2013

Apparently the qualifications for becoming an MSNBC anchor consist primarily of being able to ask Republicans the intellectual equivalent of “when did you stop beating your wife?” Which explains how Thomas Roberts got the gig.

Mike Shedlock | October 16, 2013

The nannycrats in Brussels and the IMF keep pressuring Spain to hike the VAT and Spain does every time. The results are easily predictable.

Night Watch | October 16, 2013

The Brotherhood has shown a clear disregard for the importance of economics in internal stability. Its strategy evidently is to impose more hardship on Egyptians in hopes of causing more unrest.

Michael Tanner | October 16, 2013

Social Security is the single largest program of the federal government, accounting for more than 20 percent of all federal spending in 2012. Indeed, by some measures, it could be considered the largest government program in the world, providing more than $774 billion in benefits to 58 million recipients last year.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 16, 2013

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Bill Clinton. In part, that’s because economic freedom increased and the burden of government spending was reduced during his time in office. Partisans can argue whether Clinton actually deserves the credit for these good results, but I’m just happy we got better policy.

Ralph Benko | October 16, 2013

We — including you, dear reader — created the world of Big Government for very good reasons. Now, for very good reasons, we are going to dismantle it.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 16, 2013

Tad DeHaven, from Cato, weighs in on the looming default, and Ted Cruz’s plan to defund Obamacare. Not surprising, DeHaven thinks the GOP will cave – but he’s also critical of how the GOP has handled themselves thus far.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013

John Ransom | October 15, 2013

To pretend that the decisions, half decisions and the evasions that have been made that finds us so close to default are the responsibility of any one man, any one party or any one class of institution is to ignore reality. They are all at fault.

Michael Schaus | October 15, 2013

What do mythical figures and Obamacare enrollees have in common? (Have you heard this one before?) Well, at least a few people have apparently signed up. . . Good news for any political party that depends on government-dependent citizens (ahem*Democrats*ahem).

Dave Ramsey | October 15, 2013

I think it’s funny when people run out and upgrade on their $7,000 car to buy a $30,000 Prius to save gas. Think about it. That’s an extra expenditure of $23,000 to save gas. Where are you planning on driving, to the moon?

Mike Shedlock | October 15, 2013

Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, told Tom Keene and Sara Eisen on "Bloomberg Television" today "there is no safe haven.

Night Watch | October 15, 2013

The US Secretary of State promised a non-aggression pact in exchange for North Korean action that shows it has made a start to "denuclearize," whatever that means. What is clear is that the US Secretary of State diluted all past US position on North Korean denuclearization and that North rejected it.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 15, 2013

President Obama thinks he can prevail in the government shutdown fight bydeliberately making life as difficult as possible for the maximum number of ordinary Americans.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 15, 2013

It’s probably the largest single force crippling our chances at a recovery, and the US media is largely ignoring it. Obamacare is far more than a botched website market place. . .

David Sterman | October 15, 2013

Repeated predictions of the world's oil shortage in coming years simply failed to account for our ability to tap into deeper, more complex seams of energy, buried under the ocean floor or the Arctic tundra. And frankly, the whole discussion is becoming moot.

Bill Tatro | October 15, 2013

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas recently took to the television airwaves in order to exclaim that the NFL’s Washington Redskins nickname is “an insult” and a “slur.” Mr. Costas, do you really want to go there?

Bill Gunderson | October 15, 2013

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from the craziness that’s going on in the market right now. And we’re going to take a look at the facts as they present themselves at the current moment.

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

John Ransom | October 14, 2013

At least if send Amy to D.C. there won’t be a training period. She’ll show up at the United States Senate already out of touch with regular voters, with none of that messy waiting around for her head to be turned.

Mike Shedlock | October 14, 2013

Economists expected a 6% rise in Chinese exports. Instead, exports fell 0.3%

Political Calculations | October 14, 2013

There are two things of which we can be sure. Neither the impact of the partial U.S. government shutdown, which didn't even begin until 1 October 2013, nor the potential impact of a U.S. Treasury default on the U.S. national debt that President Obama has planned for 17 October 2013 are responsible for this outcome.

Tad DeHaven | October 14, 2013

The regulations for bottle labeling alone are enough to make one’s eyes glaze over.

Mark Baisley | October 14, 2013

The instructions on becoming a teacher generally read as, “Get your bachelor’s degree, get your certification, pick a focus area, join the union and commence teaching.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 14, 2013

Amazingly, even the New York Times is being forced to acknowledge that Obamacare is turning into a typical government cluster-you-know-what.

Chris Edwards | October 14, 2013

The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle.

Sun, Oct 13, 2013

John Ransom | October 13, 2013

You know what would be really cool? If Obama came up with his own unique way of running our economy into the ground rather ripping off ideas from dead dictators and dead economists and then pretending like he's an original.

Mike Shedlock | October 13, 2013

We have lost jobs on farms but we gained them on the assembly line. We lost jobs on the assembly line and gained them on the internet. We lost jobs on the internet and ....gained them in war?

Political Calculations | October 13, 2013

The good news is that we can answer that question with just back-of-the-envelope math! And we can do it on a "daily" basis.

Night Watch | October 13, 2013

Press reported that the so-called Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared the opening of a new Sharia court and police station on Thursday in 'the new Islamic Emirate', Azaz, according to his twitter account.

Ransom Notes Radio | October 13, 2013

The real problem in Washington is that many don’t understand the concept of economic growth. . . Just as importantly: Many don’t understand that it is imperative to economic prosperity including survival of welfare programs.

Marita Noon | October 13, 2013

Homegrown fuel that will increase America’s energy independence, sounds good until you understand the costs

Mark Calabria | October 13, 2013

While Yellen is likely to receive a frosty reception from Republicans, she has a very good chance of garnering the necessary 60 votes needed to achieve Senate confirmation.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 13, 2013

Drugs do impose costs, but they’re mostly incurred by moronic users. Though there sometimes are collateral victims, such as kids whose parents allow their lives to get messed up.

Bill Tatro | October 13, 2013

Correct me if I’m wrong, but to me, but furlough sounds like an unscheduled paid vacation.

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